Imagine you are in the elevator with the president of the company for which you would love to work. You have a limited amount of time before one of you gets off the elevator. What would you say? What would you want to convey about your skills, background, education, and why you’re interested in working for that company?
Your elevator pitch is your introduction and should demonstrate two to three key skills that you believe are critical to your chosen career and that set you apart from the competition. It can be used to describe yourself to people to whom you are already acquainted or to introduce yourself to prospective employers and contacts at networking opportunities or career fairs. Be sure to incorporate active language (verbs and descriptions) and emphasize your strengths and positive attributes.
Make sure you are comfortable with the words and phrases you select not only on paper but verbally as well. Remember that the point of developing a 30-second elevator pitch is for you to be able to deliver it with confidence and without error.
Be sure to practice yours so it’s ready to be delivered anytime! Here are some examples: